I have used the Four Square graphic organizer to teach writing for years and I love the simple, easy to understand format, but something has always kind of bugged me about it. Why is it called Four Square when it is actually FIVE RECTANGLES?
So I now use what I call Five Alive! I have my kiddos fold a piece of plain paper in half, then in half again, creating four equal rectangles. Next, I have them draw a rectangle in the center. So now they have five rectangles. The middle rectangle is used for the HOOK (Introduction or Opening Sentence), the top two rectangles and the bottom left one are the body of the paragraph, and the bottom right rectangle is for the concluding sentence (or wrap up).
I created a poem to go along with the graphic organizer to help my students understand what goes where and what kinds of things to include.
This download includes a copy of the G.O. and the poem. Hope you enjoy it!